Rarely exceeding seven inches in length, it is nevertheless a most attractively marked fish, especially when fresh from the water. Along each side, and along the back in the mid-line, is a row of deep purple spots, set against an iridescent background along the sides, but sometimes difficult to see against the dark background in the case of the row along the back. Dorsal fin and tail are delicately speckled with brown dots. It has two barbules.
Very easily caught - a true beginners' fish!